March is here, which means homeowners need to start preparing their properties for spring weather. While it may seem early, spring storms and severe weather patterns can pop up quickly. Homeowners don’t want to be caught off guard, and there are some really simple steps every homeowner can take to make sure their property is prepared for some unexpected weather.
One of the easiest and most effective steps every homeowner should take is to sign up for the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) emergency text alerts. Of course, before any events get to a level where FEMA is sending out notifications, updates will likely come in through more local sources like news and radio. Stay up to date on the news in your region so you aren’t caught off guard .
It doesn’t take a hurricane to cause damage to a home, particularly if that home already has underlying issues. That’s why it’s so important to do a cursory check of the exterior of your home now. By identifying and fixing issues before they are subject to duress like high winds or flooding, you can stop a small issue from turning into a major one. Here are a few things to look for:
Loose or damaged shingles.
Loose or damaged siding.
Tree branches that are overhanging a home that could be at risk of falling during a storm.
Gutter checks. Are they firmly attached to the house? Are all downspouts in place?
Check that shutters are properly secured.
Cleaning your gutters and downspouts is an essential part of spring and fall maintenance. Having a working gutter system stops water from pooling in places that can lead to structural damage.
If your property has a sump pump, it’s important to get that checked early every year. This is especially true if you live in an area that is historically at risk of flooding. Make sure the pump is clear of debris and in a position where it can operate freely when it’s needed.
Every home should have an emergency kit, and it should be checked every year. That means new batteries before flashlights, replacing medication that’s expired and keeping a multi-day stash of food and water stocked. Many people also like to include a hand-crank radio and books or games to stay entertained if they become stuck for a while.
It can be difficult to think about spring already, particularly if you live in a region where snow is still in abundance. However, getting a head start on preparing your home for spring weather can make all the difference.
Of course, it’s also important to make sure that your homeowners insurance policy is up to date! To learn more about your current policy, or to inquire about opening up a new policy entirely, we encourage you to reach out to TGS Insurance at www.tgsinsurance.com.